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Volunteer Heritage Researcher - EXPIRED

Job Title Volunteer Heritage Researcher - EXPIRED
Contract Type Volunteer
Location Poole, Dorset
Salary 0
Job Published 28 Jan 2015
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Job Description - EXPIRED

RNLI Heritage is defined as the story of our people and service since 1824. In order to preserve our history, the heritage team collect and care for objects and archives and make these accessible to researchers.

The role of Heritage Researcher offers a fascinating opportunity to join our volunteer research team and explore the history of the RNLI. You will undertake research in the RNLI’s archive and library to assist with a diverse range of both external and internal enquiries. You will be involved in research projects relating to the RNLI’s history using a variety sources, including original records and electronic databases. You will provide clear summaries of your findings using a PC.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is willing to give some time to get to know the library and archive and help us to provide a lively research service. You will be contributing towards raising awareness of the RNLI and supporting saving lives at sea.

Why the RNLI needs this role
This role will help us save lives at sea by telling the story of the RNLI through historical research in order to raise awareness
and gain support for the charity.

Potential time commitment: Flexible ½ - 1 day per week
Team: Heritage
Location: Poole, Dorset
Responsible to: Archive and Research Manager

•  Undertake research for specific projects as instructed by the heritage team
•  Collate and present research in a format suitable for the heritage team
•  Use the library and electronic resources in order to conduct research
•  Handle sensitive information appropriately

Measures of Success
•  Enjoyment of working with volunteers and the Heritage team
•  Ability to produce research in a suitable format
•  A keen enthusiasm for the work of the Heritage team and the RNLI

What you will get from this role
  Join a motivated, fun and enthusiastic team
  Gain valuable experience that will enhance your CV and set you apart in the job market
  Meet new people within your local community
  Satisfaction of giving back
  Gain charity sector contacts within a supportive environment
  Reasonable travel and lunch expenses covered

RNLI Values
The RNLI has set values as an organisation that we ask all our staff and volunteers to uphold:
Selfless: Willing to put the requirements of others before our own and the needs of the team before the individual, able to
see the bigger picture and act in the best interests of the RNLI. Prepared to share our expertise with organisations that share our aims.
Dependable: Always available, committed to doing our part in saving lives with professionalism and expertise, continuously developing and
improving. Working in and for the community and delivering on our promises.
Trustworthy: Responsible, accountable and efficient in the use of the donations entrusted to us, managing our affairs with transparency,
integrity and impartiality.
Courageous: Prepared to achieve our aims in changing and challenging environments. We are innovative, adaptable and determined in our
mission to save more lives at sea.

Health and safety responsibilities:
To be responsible for your own health and safety and that of others with whom you volunteer, by reporting all potential and actual health and
safety matters including accidents using the correct procedures.

The RNLI is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and, expects all staff and volunteers to
share this commitment and comply with the RNLI Safeguarding Policy and Procedures to ensure safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.

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Ref: EXPIRED - SH469 | Published: 28th Jan 2015